Special-needs student crowned homecoming queen

Melissa Andrade, a special-needs student, was happily surprised when she was crowned homecoming queen of her Ontario California High School.

Andrade, who has cerebral palsy actively campaigned to win the title.

It was so exciting,” she told “I still can’t believe it.”

According to her friends, Andrade worked very hard to gain this nomination, not relying on people to give her a sympathy vote.”She and friends hung up posters. She also participated in skits and silly games — including a doughnut-eating contest — set up to showcase the homecoming nominees. And Andrade reached out to kids she didn’t know to show off her personality to students who may not have known anything about her beyond her wheelchair.”